An Emphasis on Leadership Development—The Linsly Outdoor Center
To lead and to follow are two sides of the same coin. We want young people to develop the ability to assume responsibility and lead with confidence. We also want them to know how to follow the lead of others. The Linsly Outdoor Center offers a unique training ground where all Linsly students develop their leadership potential. Each Linsly student spends one week at LOC with his or her class. Following a series of grade-appropriate challenges and team building initiatives, the LOC curriculum presents students with the opportunity to forge life-long friendships and interpersonal skills critical for success.
An Emphasis on Self-Control and Perseverance—The “No Quit” Policy
Life occasionally presents all of us with moments of disappointment, frustration, and even failure. Linsly teachers and coaches know that healthy adolescent development results not from protecting students from these experiences, but in helping them develop the ability to persevere through adversity and exert some self-control in moments of stress. Our “No Quit” policy helps assure that students cannot give in when life is difficult. Whether it is an extra-curricular activity or class, Linsly students know that once they begin an activity, they must see it through.
An Emphasis on Community and Participation—The “No Cut” Policy
School consolidation initiatives seemed like a good idea. Smaller school districts with limited resources could combine to form larger schools supported by bigger budgets. Regretfully, most large schools still field only one basketball team, symphony orchestra, art show, etc… The result is schools with amazing facilities, but a large number of excluded students who just are not good enough to make the cut. Linsly teachers and coaches believe that participation is vital to healthy adolescent development. We want students to stretch their limits and participate in activities even if they have not done so before. While we would never guarantee a starting position, we do guarantee that there is a spot for all interested participants.
An Emphasis on Performance, not Appearance—The Linsly Dress Code
In an age when appearance is said to be everything, Linsly challenges adolescents to return their focus to something more substantial. Our dress code reminds students each day that they are part of a robust tradition, something much bigger than themselves. The dress code also helps to remind students that they will stand out through their actions and contributions, not through how they choose to dress.
An Emphasis on Personal Connections—The Advisor System
Getting extra help from a teacher, determining which clubs to join, deciding what goals are appropriate for the academic year, adjusting to life in the dormitory, all of these matters require the personal support of a teacher who knows a student’s unique abilities. Each Linsly student has an Advisor with whom he or she meets for the first ten minutes of every school day. While the small school setting helps prevent students from ever feeling “lost,” the Advisor System provides a unique additional level of personal support.
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